Scholarship Opportunities

A scholarship is an award of financial aid for a student to further his or her education. Scholarships are awarded based upon various criteria, which usually reflect the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award. FIU has over 64 scholarships available for students. For more information visit http://scholarships.fiu.edu.

Elaine Gordon Scholarship in Women's Studies

(Women's Studies Center, x7-2408)

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Trailblazer . . Feminist . . Champion of human rights.

These are the words that best describe Elaine Gordon.

The Elaine Gordon Scholarship program was established in 2000 to honor the life and work of Elaine Gordon, a former state legislator who, for 22 years, championed equal rights for women.

To be considered for this award, a student must submit:

  1. A resume.
  2. A typed, two-page essay addressing how the student has and intends to pursue the goals expressed in Elaine Gordon's work and achievements (click on expanded biography for more information), as well as how financial assistance will help achieve these goals.
  3. Financial need statement (financial need will be one consideration in awarding the scholarship) .
  4. One letter of recommendation from a present or former professor.
  5. An unofficial transcript reflecting all course work completed.
  6. Application Cover sheet

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be fully admitted in the College of Arts and Sciences as a Women’s Studies Major or Certificate earner.
  • Have completed or be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours of Women’s Studies courses.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student at the time of application.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Financial need will be one consideration in awarding the scholarship.
  • Undergraduates with one to two semesters of study remaining are eligible. In addition, graduating seniors who meet the above criteria and have proof of admission to a graduate degree program at FIU for Fall 2012 also are eligible for the award.

Application deadline each year: March 1st

Ms. Gordon was a person of the highest character and integrity, representing the state of Florida as a legislator for 22 years, during which she was elected 11 consecutive times. Gordon became an advocate for equal rights in 1964 and was one of the founding members of the Miami chapter of the National Organization for Women. She was a champion for Florida’s 1989 hate crimes law, which became a model for the nation, and her many legislative activities and accomplishments have left a legacy of people she has helped.

Consistent over time, Ms. Gordon was the voice and guardian of abused children, victims of sexual assault, the elderly, the indigent and the mentally ill. She continually sponsored and passed legislation for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment; and she protected women and children through child support enforcement and protection from domestic violence. While in the legislature, she also introduced the terms Ms. and Chairperson. She was a woman ahead of her time, being the first woman to chair a standing committee, as well as the first woman inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.

The FIU Elaine Gordon scholarship was established in 1999 to honor the life and work of Elaine Gordon, a pioneering feminist, legislator, and leading advocate on issues involving women’s rights, health care, mental health and children’s rights. It was one of her final wishes that her work be carried on through a scholarship that would help others.

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The Fred Hoover Memorial Scholarship Endowment (Physics) - Amount $2,500 Annually

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Fred Hoover

Mr. Fred Hoover enrolled at Florida International University in 1972 and was in the original graduating class as FIU’s first ever physics major. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1974, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from FIU. After he graduated, he remained at FIU as the Laboratory Manager for the Chemistry Department, until his death on Nov. 5, 1998. Mr. Hoover was known throughout the university as a kind, caring, outgoing and friendly man who was a passionate believer in the importance of education. The Fred Hoover Memorial Endowment Fund was created to honor Mr. Hoover's memory by providing financial support to undergraduate students majoring in Physics at the Florida International University in Miami, FL.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this award students must satisfy the following requirements:
•Be fully admitted in the College of Arts and Sciences as a Physics Major
•Have completed or be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours in Physics and/or Math courses.
•Be enrolled as an undergraduate student at the time of application
•Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

To submit an application students will need to provide the following:

•A resume
•A typed, one-page essay addressing why and how the student intends to pursue a career in Physics as well as how financial assistance will help achieve these goals.
•Financial need statement (financial need will be one consideration in awarding the scholarship).
•One letter of recommendation from a present or former professor. An unofficial transcript reflecting all course work completed or in progress.
Application Cover Sheet

All material must be sent to by March 1, 2017:

Fred Hoover Memorial Scholarship Program
Department of Physics
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street CP 204
Miami, FL 33199
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The Zaida C. Morales-Martinez and Howard E. Moore Chemistry Award (M&M Award)

The Zaida C. Morales-Martinez and Howard E. Moore Chemistry Award is presented by the Florida International University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Chemistry majors who will be entering their junior or senior year in the Fall 2017 semester and who have not previously won the award are eligible for the 2017 award.

Please visit the Chemistry M&M Scholarship page for more information on the M&M Award.

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The Southern Cross Astronomical Society Scholarship (SCAS)

The Southern Cross Astronomical Society’s mission is to improve the awareness, understanding and enjoyment of astronomy. The society is dedicated to making astronomy available to the public by encouraging research, providing telescope observing and educating through lectures and presentations. The Society is dedicated to providing financial support to students at FIU. Recipients of this award are required to major in Physics and minor in Astronomy. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

For more information on the Southern Cross Astronomical Society Scholarship, please contact Dr. Jim Webb at webbj@fiu.edu.

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Enhancing Undergraduate Success Scholarship

Florida International University is a Carnegie "Research University - High Research Activity" urban public university in Miami, Florida. With over 53,000 students, it is the seventh largest university in the country. FIU is also a Hispanic-Serving Institution and awards the most bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students. The Physics Department at FIU has over 150 undergraduate majors, and is one of the country’s largest producers of Physics Bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students. FIU serves a large population of economically disadvantaged students. Nearly 50% of all undergraduate students receive financial aid and nearly 60% of those recipients come from families with annual household incomes under $30,000.

The Enhancing Undergraduate Success at Florida International University project seeks to provide at least 13 undergraduate physics majors with 4-year awards to ensure their timely and successful degree completion.

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